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The Rope in Your Hands


The Rope in Your Hands, written and performed by Siobhan O’Loughlin, is an ethnographic illustration of life after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, LA. With text taken directly from interviews in New Orleans, the playwright performs as 13 different survivors telling their stories as they were told to her. The characters (ranging in age from 7 to 65 years old, and with a diverse background of race and ethnicity) appear in a series of monologues that have been interspersed; creating a character collage that suits the multi-faceted feeling of New Orleans.

Most recently seen at the St. Lou Fringe Festival, The Rope in Your Hands won the Fringe Crush Award for 2015 and was paired alongside St. Louis/Ferguson activist Darian Wigfall’s workshop exploring storytelling in times of racial injustice and crisis. It is currently available for booking now: please click here for .pdf of our touring package and brochure.


Powerful.St. Louis Magazine

Touching, heartbreaking, and ultimately redeeming.NYTheatre.com

Brings grace and humanity to every survivor’s story, without judgment or condescension, but with dignity and compassion.Show Business Weekly

Brilliant.DC Metro Theater Arts

O’Loughlin is a joy to watch…it is a terrific feat, bringing that many voices to life, but she achieves it, and recognizes the importance of their words.The Happiest Medium

A tour de force.Edinburgh Fringe Review

Dazzling.Theatre is Easy

Magnificent.PACE NEWS

O’Loughlin is a chameleon, transitioning smoothly from character to character.Stage Buzz


St. Louis, MO (2015): St Louis Magazine

St. Louis, MO (2015): KDHX 

Washington, DC (2014): DC Metro Theater Arts

New York City (2012): Show Business Weekly

New York City (2012): Stage Buzz

New York City (2012): The Happiest Medium 

New York City (2012): nytheatre.com 

New York City (2012): Theatre Is Easy

Edinburgh, Scotland (2010): The Scotsman 

Edinburgh, Scotland (2010): Fringe Review

Edinburgh, Scotland (2010): The Scotsman

Salisbury, MD (2010): PACE News 

Salisbury, MD (2010): Quotes from University Student Papers

Brooklyn Park, MD (2009): The Severna Park Voice 

Brooklyn Park, MD (2009): Anne Arundel Community College Current 

Brooklyn Park, MD (2009): Chesapeake Arts Center 


The Rope in Your Hands is currently available for booking!!

Please read our touring package and brochure for the show, and contact Siobhan here to make it happen!